The idea was not new, but the covid-19 pandemic delayed Juan López de Uralde’s plans to create his own environmental brand that would be integrated into the political space of United We Can (UP). The former director of Greenpeace and co-founder of Equo, an independent deputy of UP after having left the green formation before the 2019 general elections, presented this Thursday Alianza Verde, the name with which the new political force has been baptized. In the words of its coordinator, the intention is to make political environmentalism “a core element within the coalition.”
Having your own voice will also make it possible to make visible the work that is carried out from the confluence, less present in the discourse of its leaders than feminism or the defense of public services. Meanwhile, in recent times, Más País, the formation founded by Íñigo Errejón and allied to Equo since the November 2019 elections, has made the flag of environmentalism; it defines itself as “green” and its spokesperson claims it in every public intervention. Those from Errejón are also going through a sweet moment, boosted by the good results achieved with their regional brand, Más Madrid, in the 4-M elections.
The call for the 2019 generals in which Equo decided to break with United We Can and present itself in 10 provinces with More Country caused the departure of several of its leaders, with López de Uralde at the head, who opted to continue in the orbit of the formation of Churches and, as an independent, he was again elected deputy for Álava. Already then, the former Greenpeace leader planned to create his own platform and, as he explained this Thursday at a press conference, its promoters held the first face-to-face meeting in the week of March 8, 2020, just before the pandemic broke out. in Spain. In this sense, the coordinator of Alianza Verde has disassociated the decision to create a party now from the evolution and success of the formation of Errejón and defend that it arises at a time of reconfiguration of United We Can, with the new leadership of the vice president Yolanda Díaz and Ione Belarra, the main candidate for the General Secretariat of Podemos.
Asked about the understanding with other political groups, the deputy has affirmed that “there are no red lines”, but that he does not see “need” to expand to other spaces. López de Uralde, who has been responsible for UP in the Climate Change and Energy Transition Law approved in May, has therefore vindicated the alliance with United We Can. “Joining in this space was what gave us the real possibility of making change policies,” by achieving an institutional presence (three deputies) “greater than ever,” he said during his speech.
The Errejón formation considers that the appearance of parties that focus on environmentalism is good news, they affirm that the green challenge and the problems of climate change “are not issues that belong to anyone” and they believe that from More Country they are being “Useful for introducing citizen concerns within institutions.” Party sources, however, demand from the Government “more specificity in ecological and social changes.”
“The more debate there is and the more it helps to advance in terms of the fight against the ecological crisis, for us much better,” said López de Uralde, when asked about the green speech of Errejón’s party. According to him, the “enemies” are others: “Vox’s denial and the passivity of the Spanish right in the face of environmental issues.”
Within the confluence, Podemos applauds the creation of Alianza Verde. The party, which celebrates the closing of its Citizen Assembly this weekend to elect the successor of Pablo Iglesias, also highlights that López de Uralde has always been the “benchmark” for environmental policies within the confederal space. For their part, sources from the United Left leadership highlight the “need” for an “organized social environmentalism” and that for that “it is essential to unite the forces of the classical left, social movements and environmentalism.”
Alianza Verde, which works in a federal structure and is suspicious of alliances with regionalist movements that, it considers, prioritize local interests over environmental good, already has “several hundred” militants throughout the territory. So far, they are present in fourteen autonomous communities, all except Murcia, Castilla la Mancha, the Canary Islands and Catalonia. The deputy will coordinate the training together with Carmen Molina, a biologist and parliamentarian in Andalusia in the previous legislature.